This project's funding goal was not reached on November 18, 2013.
About this project
(BE) FORESKIN: THE TRUTH ABOUT CIRCUMCISION
Truth (trooth) n. pl. - the real facts about something : the things that are true : the quality or state of being true : a statement or idea that is true or accepted as true.
The idea for this project was born in July 2013.
While sitting in my apartment, I was reflecting on past relationships. Not before long realized there was a significant difference between men I've experienced who were intact compared to those were circumcised. I begin to wonder "Why is that?", thus the journey of doing this documentary began.
Having experienced both circumcised and intact men, I begin to wonder "What is the significance to the foreskin?" In addition to my own curiosity, I soon found out that a lot of women have never seen intact men and/or have little knowledge about circumcision. A majority of the women who have seen an intact man found his body part unappealing. It was very disheartening to find out that some women are so critical of something so sensitive to men.
Did you know...
"It's a dramatic change over the past 32 years. Back in 1979, about two-thirds of boys out West got circumcised in the hospital soon after they were born. By 2010, only 40 percent were." ~Scott Hensley, NPR~
Along with raising awareness about circumcision, I will explore:
~ The History of Circumcision
~ Pros vs. Cons of Being Circumcised and Intact including Hygiene, Religious Beliefs & Spiritual Practices
~ Circumcision "Malpractice"
~ Anatomy Comparison (Male & Female Circumcision),
~ Foreskin Restoration
~ Women and Men who prefer an Intact Man, and
~ The Science of Sex: Exploring the purpose of the foreskin by talking to Medical Professionals and "Sexperts"
In addition to the above, I will cover a number of subtopics which include but are not excluded to:
~ Psychological Effects of Circumcision
~ Dispelling Myths
~ Sexual Education
~ We will profile men who are in the process of having their foreskin restored, and talk to couples who have a difference of opinion when it comes to moving forward in their relationship discussing whether or not their son(s) will remain intact.
What sets my documentary apart is perspective.
The documentaries currently in circulation are from the male perspective. As a woman I harness a different sensitivity, and a unique approach, when it comes to this topic.
Stylistically, the way in which this project will be captured, my background in music video directing will definitely be applied! I am looking forward to giving men a beautifully handsome platform for their voice to be heard.
In addition to the documentary, WE'RE DOING A COFFEE TABLE BOOK!
A book of nudes, circumcised and intact Men, sharing their story. I will photograph over 100 Men of various backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures and provide yet another medium for their story to be told!
More BANG for your buck!
"Whereable Wear", wear where you stand on this topic! We will be launching two t-shirts based on the viewpoints of this documentary: "Pro-His Choice" or "Pro-Parental Choice"
"Pro-His Choice" means, in the event that you plan on having children, should it be a boy, he will remain INTACT. Should your son grow up and decides he is not pleased with his "body part", then it's his choice to get circumcised. For women, this also that you prefer or support intact men.
"Pro-Parental Choice" means, as soon as that baby boy is born he will be circumcised and/or you prefer circumcision. Bottom line, as a parent, you have the final say.
We need YOU to make this a reality!
We are very excited about this project, and excited about the nuances that await as each this story unfolds.
January thru June 2014. We are looking forward to taking this journey with you.
Risks and challenges
At this point in production, we foresee, and will easily overcome, people who have hardwired religious beliefs when it comes to the topic of circumcision.
We welcome the resistance and will actually invite them to be apart of this project to share their point of view.
In the event that we aren't able to travel to our desired locations, in the coming weeks we will be reaching out to our contacts and connections in other countries and regions of the world to assist with filming efforts, ensuring we deliver the best project imaginable.
In regards to any unforeseen obstacles, your donation will afford us the ability to hire a team of skilled Producers who will assist us from pre to post production, as well as through film festival and theatrical runs of the film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
There are countless documentaries about the female anatomy. Rarely do we see a documentary completely dedicated to men, ESPECIALLY about a topic so sensitive.
My goal is to start at the heart of the matter then branch out from there, how does circumcision affect men, if at all? Although I KNOW what I believe, my approach is to start with a blank canvas and state THE FACTS in that the audience will be armed with enough knowledge to make informed decision when it comes to the topic of circumcision.
However, this documentary is not meant to make anyone feel slighted about the decisions they have made as a parent. I want to make sure that I cover all the bases (religious, cultural, human rights, rules & regulations, and all things seen and unseen) as far as circumcision is concerned.
My intent is to inform and educate, not ostracize. I want everyone to feel welcome to when watching this documentary.
PLEASE know THIS, I LOVE MEN! I would NEVER dedicate an entire project to tearing them down, or anyone for that matter. This project is rooted in love, therefore, only love will blossom.
My husband and my sons are circumcised, and I don't have a problem with that. What's the point of supporting this project?
This documentary will be very enlightening and eye opening when it comes to medical practices involving our boys and men here in the United States. We will also take a look at what cultures around the world practice.
This will be a very informative documentary which will provide a deeper understanding about circumcision for people to share amongst family, friends, and other loved ones.
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